Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force Violence

May 07, 2015

In April 2015, law enforcement officers representing a task force that includes the Detroit Police Department, the Social Security Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), entered the Detroit home of 20-year-old Terrance Kellom to arrest him because of his fugitive status.  By the end of the encounter, Kellom had been shot ten times by an ICE officer who had a record of violence, including criminal charges related to an incident when his ex-wife alleges he held his service weapon to her head. 

The ACLU of Michigan, along with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), Michigan United and CAIR Michigan, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in May 2015.  The letter called for suspension of task force operations pending a full investigation, an investigation by an independent prosecutor, implementation of a body camera requirement, mental health and substance abuse screening for all officers, and standardized deadly force protocols.

(ACLU Attorney Mark Fancher; Susan Reed of MIRC.)